Blue Cheese & Blueberry Cake

Yep, you read that right. It is indeed a cake that has blue cheese in it and it is not a savoury one either. I came across this recipe in a book I bought recently on Auvergne cuisine. It is a small book full of recipes for dishes you’ll find in any local eatery here. Having lived here for a decent amount of time over the last year, we’re both totally in love with this region of France. As we keep reading more about its history and explore more of the local cuisine, it only keeps getting interesting.

cake with blue cheese

blueberries cake

While the book has a collection of quite a few unique and possibly even bizarre recipes (whole chicken cooked in a pig’s stomach lining anyone?), it reflects the hearty, hardy fare that the locals made their own in order to survive the harsh winters and long days out tending cattle and fields. While I’m not going to try chicken’s blood or pig’s hooves anytime soon and while I do love the local sausages and lentils or potatoes cooked with cheese dishes, I decided to first try out this interesting cake.

fresh blueberries

cake with blue cheese

This recipe seems to have originated in the Hautes Chaumes area where the local mild blue cheese called fourme d’Ambert (one of  France’s oldest cheeses) is still produced. Having never used blue cheese in a normal cake recipe before, we were eager to see how it would turn out. I must say we were pleasantly surprised (otherwise I wouldn’t be sharing it here!). The cheese adds a tangy salty flavour to the sweetness that comes from the blueberries and they balance each other out perfectly. A cinch to make and a lovely treat for your afternoon cup of tea or coffee.

cake with cheese

If you cannot find the exact same cheese, you can of course try any other mild blue cheese in its place.

Blue Cheese & Blueberry Cake (original recipe from a local recipe book)

Ingredients

3 large eggs

125g sugar

250g self raising flour

a pinch of salt

175g butter, melted

150g fourme d’Ambert or any other mild blue cheese crumbled into small pieces

200g fresh blueberries

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C (conventional). Grease and line a standard sized loaf tin and set aside. You may also use a smallish round cake tin instead. Beat the eggs with the sugar in a large mixing bowl until pale and fluffy. Sift in the flour and pinch of salt. Add the melted butter followed by the cheese. Mix everything together. Finally fold in the blueberries taking care not to crush them.

cake with blueberries

cake batter

easy blueberry cake

Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin. Place it in the oven and bake for about 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove tin from oven and let it cool on a wire rack before turning the cake out.

cake with blue cheese

blue cheese cake

Serve generous slices and enjoy the wonderful combination of tangy cheese with sweet tart blueberries. You’ll definitely be asking for more!

cake with blue cheese

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